ARGENTINA VS CROATIA PREVIEW & PREDICTION
Argentina is playing all for everything this Thursday, when in the Stadion Nizhny Novgorod in Nizhny Novgorod, in front of a tough selection as Croatia, in game corresponding to Group D of the 2018 World Cup Russia.
Those led by Jorge Sampaoli was another of the teams that had a rather poor performance in their debut against debutants in Iceland, against whom they could only tie a goal and thus complicates the aspirations to continue competing in a World Cup that is very important for Lionel Messi that at 31 years of age we do not believe he has another opportunity to enter the history of world football and thus replace Maradona in Argentina.
Even in all Argentina do not understand how it is that the albiceleste could not calmly overcome an Iceland that defended throughout the commitment and even led him to commit a fault within their own area that were not capitalized by Messi, the truth is that against Croatia there is no other way than winning or winning, and to achieve this Sampaoli enlists a series of changes in the stellar eleven as are the income of Paulo Dybala and Giovani Lo Celso.
For their part, those led by Zlatko Dalic fulfilled their main objective to debut with a victory and thus beat Nigeria 2-0 and thus broke a streak without being able to win in their first game in World Cups since the 1998 World Cup when they beat 3-1 to Jamaica.
What leaves the technical team calm is that the offensive line consisting of Kramaric, Mandzukic, Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic were very good, and even the last two were those who were present with goal and who now seek to take advantage of Argentina’s need to add a new victory and thus get the classification to the second round.
This will be the fifth match between these teams and the second in a World Cup.
The first game was in a friendly match in 1994 with a goalless draw, then came its first World Cup match and was in France 1998 with Argentine triumph 1-0, then in 2006 Croatia won 3-2 in a friendly and the last of their direct confrontations was in a friendly match in 2014, with Argentine triumph 2-1.
Argentina: Caballero; Salvio, Otamendi, Red, Tagliafico; Mascherano, Lo Celso, Dybala, Messi, Di Maria; Omen.
Croatia: Subasic; Vrsaljko, Lovren, Life, Strinic; Rakitic, Modric, Perisic, Kramaric, Rebic; Mandzukic
PREDICTION: Argentina to win @ 2.08